Museo del Galeon will be the first-of-its-kind international maritime and cultural museum in the Philippines which pays tribute to the Galleon Trade that gave birth to international maritime commerce. The creation of the Museum was initially articulated by then Senate President Edgardo J. Angara and supported by various Filipino companies and like-minded institutions here and abroad. It aims to give visitors a detailed history of the 250-year old trade route where the Philippines and Mexico played major roles. The museum will highlight the galleon trade’s impact on global commerce and cultural interaction. The dome will showcase the process of building a galleon, while exhibiting relics such as porcelain, gold and other goods that were traded during the Spanish era. The site of the dome-shaped center is located at the Mall of Asia complex, which will surround the full-scale replica of the famed galleons that sailed the Pacific Ocean from 1565 to 1815.
Museo del Galeon began its construction in 2014 and envisioned to commence its soft opening in 2021 which also happens to be the Quincentennial Anniversary of Magellan’s expedition to the Philippines. However, Pandemic happened and the construction of the museum has been put on hold.